Not sure what to do with that mountain of leftover holiday meat? These easy and quick ideas are proof that the sky’s the limit with smoked turkey breast. From soups and casseroles, to sandwiches and ramen, here are 11 of the best leftover turkey recipes for you to try this year.
It’s that time of year everybody! The holidays are here, which means stuffing our faces with the usual onslaught of meat and mashed potatoes. None more so than the centerpiece to many holiday tables: Turkey.
The classic holiday meat is best fresh off the backyard smoker, but all encounter the same problem of there being more than can go around. And while there are much worse problems to have, finding imaginative ways to use it up can be a struggle.
Well, struggle no more! Enjoy these eleven unique and delicious ways to make the most of that leftover turkey.
Quesadillas with Beer Pickled Jalapeños
Here is a spicy, fun recipe that calls for mushrooms, cheese, and turkey melted together on flour tortillas with beer pickled jalapenos to give it that much needed kick. This recipe will spice up those leftovers, you won’t even realize they had been sitting in the fridge overnight.
When you add the perfect dipping sauce and it’s the perfect addition to any game day snack trey or party appetizer.
This is by far my favorite on the list. This is a delicious pasta dish that is super quick and easy to make. With spaghetti pasta, mushrooms, and garlic it is a wonderful little switch up to your typical turkey meals. It is filling and tasty and only requires, you guessed it, one pot!
Who wants to do a mess of dishes after all that eating anyways.
One-Pot Cheesy Tamale Pie
This dish is a mouth-watering turn from a traditional Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner to a spice-filled pot of cheese, turkey, leftover gravy, black beans, and enchilada sauce. It will switch up the whole holiday vibe as soon as you smell those spices wafting in the air.
It’s saucy, creamy, and cheesy, making it the perfect comfort meal for feeding any lingering guests. You might even forget that most of the ingredients can be made from simple leftovers!
Turkey and Sausage Jambalaya
Here is yet another well seasoned not-so-traditional recipe, that will drive your family crazy with hunger just by the smell alone. You take your normal Jambalaya recipe, with all of its seasonings, rice, and peppers. But instead of sausage or chicken, throw in those leftovers!
The turkey provides a bolder flavor than chicken would and it makes for a warm and comforting meal for a cold fall or winters day.
Smoked Barbecue Sandwiches
Mmmm… who doesn’t love a good BBQ sandwich. This recipe takes those turkey leftovers and turns them into a delicious lunch idea. Have kids home from school and need a quick lunch idea? Or perhaps a quick fix for game day? Just mix together a homemade sauce with brown sugar, hot sauce, and vinegar mix in the chopped turkey, and throw it on a delicious potato bun.
It will be a new family favorite.
Cubanos with Swiss Cheese and Pickles
Need yet another amazing sandwich recipe, try this spin on a Cubano sandwich. Instead of pork it uses those turkey leftovers, add the ham, swiss, and pickles on a panini pressed sub roll and you have another lunchtime favorite. It is guaranteed the whole family will love.
Leftovers can truly taste amazing with the right touch!
Leftover Roasted Turkey Ramen
A ramen AND turkey meal?! Yes, please!
With this recipe, we are taking a whole new spin with leftover fun. You have your ramen and shitake mushrooms and that delicious hoisin and soy sauces. This amazing recipe will warm your whole day up. Add the turkey and some fresh cilantro, top it off with a soft boiled egg and it is perfection.
Kentucky Hot Brown Sandwich
If you are looking for a more unique and fun recipe to finish off those turkey scraps with, this would be the one. A new twist on an old-time classic. You have an open-faced sandwich with tomatoes, cheese, and bacon. Add that turkey and bake, it is sure to be a show stopper.
It’s always fun to try something new.
Here is yet another warming, fulfilling recipe idea. Who doesn’t love a good soup after all?
This freezer-friendly soup, is an appetizing take on your traditional tortilla soup, with kidney beans, corn, and spices. You just need to shred up that lovely turkey and toss it in. You will definitely need a nap after this comforting and warm meal.
Leftover Turkey Casserole
When all else fails, make it into a casserole. A true southern motto if I heard one.
If you have the time and patience this is the recipe for you. Simply prepare your ingredients, plastic wrap the dish, and let it refrigerate for 24 hours. Then pop it in the oven and bake that cheesy, meaty, carby delight for about 40 minutes. With vegetables and breadcrumbs, it’s like a whole take on a Thanksgiving dinner.
Turkey Pot Pie
Of course, we are going to end this list with a fall and autumn time favorite. A savory pot pie. It is super easy to make using all the veggies and gravy you would for your normal turkey meal. Top it off with that flaky, gold crust and you have a masterpiece of a meal.
Perfect to warm you up from the inside out.
So no matter how much of that turkey dinner ends up in your fridge after the guests have left, there is a recipe for just about every taste. Your family will never even know they were leftovers to begin with!